The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 February 2007

Backlash, or forelash?

This evening, Washington's House Finance Committee will consider the House version of the bill to allow King County to build an Events Center in Renton, the new arena for the Seattle SuperSonics and Storm.

Which makes the timing of this announcement interesting, to say the least:

The campaign finance records I've reviewed show that Sonics/Storm co-owner Tom Ward has contributed $475,000 to Gary L. Bauer's Americans United to Preserve Marriage.

And another Sonics/Storm co-owner, Aubrey McClendon, contributed $625,000.

Oklahoma City residents will recognize these fellows as the chairmen of Riata and Chesapeake respectively.

The real question here, I think, is this: will King County, clearly a gay-friendly place (and, I assume, more so than Oklahoma City), take this news and say "Screw 'em, let 'em go," or will they decide to fight to keep the team after all?

I honestly don't know which way this will fall.

(Via True Hoop.)

Update, 7:45 pm: Live from Seattle, it's Lachlan:

Part of me would like to flip the virtual bird to the owners and tell them to do their hate-mongering in Oklahoma. It's an insult to the fans who support equality and to the players, who are known for being reflective of the same. And yet, I hesitate to ... flip that bird and withdraw my support. The team didn't ask to be purchased by conservative schmucks.

I suspect this reaction is far from unique.

Posted at 5:22 PM to Net Proceeds